St. Paul Pioneer Press
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Just two and a half months after it was firebombed, the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington was vandalized and possibly burglarized Friday morning. Two men approached the mosque between 2 and 3 a.m. Friday morning, according to the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Video from security cameras shows the men walking around the mosque, breaking windows and entering different offices, CAIR said.
ST. PAUL -- A man died Thursday night after fleeing police officers in his car, stopping on a Mississippi River bridge in St. Paul and jumping, according to police.
BLAINE, Minn. — A Blaine man is dead and two children critically injured after the car they were in collided with a semitrailer Wednesday evening, Oct. 18, in Blaine. The car was traveling east on 85th Avenue and the semi was southbound on University Avenue when the vehicles collided just before 8 p.m., according to Blaine police. The car's driver, Mohamed Amin, 19, died at the scene, according to Anoka County's medical examiner. Two passengers, ages 12 and 13, were taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, police said.
MINNEAPOLIS — A man trying to cross a Minneapolis street near the University of Minnesota was struck by the side of a semi, knocking him under its trailer Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 18. He died early Thursday morning, Oct. 19. The man's identity has not been released, but relatives told KMSP-TV that he was Charles Coleman, 46, of Brooklyn Center, a cook at the U. The incident occurred around 2:15 p.m. at University Avenue and Huron Boulevard, according to Minneapolis police. Coleman died at Hennepin County Medical Center, police said.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota employers added 6,400 jobs in September, lowering the state's unemployment rate to 3.7 percent. The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage points from the month before. Minnesota's rate remains well below the national 4.2 percent unemployment rate for the month, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
ELK RIVER, Minn. -- A 5-year-old Minnesota boy died Tuesday when a tree fell on him as he was playing in his backyard hammock, authorities say. Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott said that the boy was playing with other children on the hammock when a 7-foot-tall tree the hammock was attached to uprooted, fell and hit the boy's head. The boy, Edward Joseph Michalek of Big Lake Township, was pronounced dead at the scene, Brott said.
ST. PAUL -- To honor those wounded and killed in the bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, last week, Gov. Mark Dayton ordered the Governor’s Residence to be lit blue Tuesday night to reflect the flag of Somalia.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. -- The oldest snow monkey in North America died Sunday at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. Nikko, a Japanese macaque (commonly referred to as snow monkeys), celebrated his 34th birthday in September, according to a news release issued Monday by zoo officials.
ST. PAUL -- A St. Paul man who was injured in the Las Vegas mass shooting earlier this month is home and recovering, his family said. He still has a wound drain in and will have daily home visits from a nurse for awhile, but his sister-in-law Sheila Aurich said the family is “all very excited about this huge step in his recovery.” Philip Aurich, a father of two, was at a country music concert when a gunman opened fire, killing 58 and injuring more than 500.
ANOKA, Minn. -- A small airplane crashed into the Mississippi River in Anoka late Friday afternoon, according to the Anoka County sheriff’s office. WCCO-TV reported that three people died in the crash, but the sheriff’s office did not immediately confirm any fatalities Friday evening. The plane reportedly hit a power line and dived into the river at about 5:45 p.m.